Clothing For Outdoor Workers Bibliography by Hannah Pexton

Outdoor Workers: Clothing .  Bibliography

Article by Charlie Norton- ‘The man who fell to Earth: The daredevil who freefalls from space’
(October 2012) – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2155318/Felix-Baumgartner-Daredevil-freefalls-space-Earth.html

This article is about Felix Baumgartner who freefalls 23 miles from space. Although most of the article isn’t very relevant to the usual clothing for outdoor workers, it talks about the survival suit he wore. It explains the different parts of the suit which were taken into consideration for the environment he would be in. I feel this is relevant to us, as no matter the condition, outdoor workers should have the right clothing to suit the environment.

 

Article by Ian Sample- ‘Spray-on Clothing Becomes A Reality’ (September 2010) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/16/spray-on-clothing-t-shirt

Website: http://www.fabricanltd.com/medical.php

This article talks about the fashion designer, Manel Torres, who has teamed with scientists at Imperial College London and invented spray on fabric. As it is quick to spray onto the body, I felt this article is relevant to us as this spray on fabric could be twisted in a way which makes it useful for outdoor workers- for example, making it waterproof.

 

Article by oceanrodeo.com – ‘The Soul Drysuit’ (April 2012) – http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue35/?page=147

This article talks about the new ‘Soul Drysuit’ which has been put through many different intensive tests on the different aspects of the drysuit. They have investigated their older products and made many new improvements to them and produced this new, improved product. This article is relevant to us as it is a product for offshore workers; we are not just looking at onshore workers. It is a very good piece for anyone who spends all day on the water.

 

Article by Soldier Systems- ‘US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort Still Going Strong’ (June 2012) –  http://soldiersystems.net/2012/06/30/us-army-camouflage-improvement-effort-still-going-strong/

This article talks of how the US Army is trying to improve the visual aspect of the uniform and also lower the cost of it. This article is relevant as it highlights that not only is wearability an issue for people, but also is the cost can be an issue.

 

 

 

Article by Amby Burfoot – ‘New Study Favors Forefoot Strike’ (June 2012)  – http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/06/20/new-study-favors-forefoot-strike/

This article is about the study of the injuries obtained from normal trainers, compared to the decrease in injuries when wearing minimalist shoes.  This article is relevant to us as it is a study on improving the comfort and decreasing the many injuries outdoor workers who are constantly on their feet can suffer from.

 

Article by Charles Parsons – ‘Indura Ultrasoft Flame Resistant Fabrics’ (March 2010)- http://www.smarterclothing.com.au/Page2.aspx?Category=1&Element=460

Safety is a big issue when working outdoors such as with electricity. Clothing can help to prevent burns and safety issues by improving their durability and using the right fabrics.  This article relates to us as it talks of how they are improving the fabrics used by outdoor workers by improving the comfort, durability, wash stability and most importantly- protection.

Bibliography

Outdoor Workers: Clothing .  Bibliography

Article by Charlie Norton- ‘The man who fell to Earth: The daredevil who freefalls from space’
(October 2012) – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2155318/Felix-Baumgartner-Daredevil-freefalls-space-Earth.html

This article is about Felix Baumgartner who freefalls 23 miles from space. Although most of the article isn’t very relevant to the usual clothing for outdoor workers, it talks about the survival suit he wore. It explains the different parts of the suit which were taken into consideration for the environment he would be in. I feel this is relevant to us, as no matter the condition, outdoor workers should have the right clothing to suit the environment.

 

Article by Ian Sample- ‘Spray-on Clothing Becomes A Reality’ (September 2010) – http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/sep/16/spray-on-clothing-t-shirt

This article talks about the fashion designer, Manel Torres, who has teamed with scientists at Imperial College London and invented spray on fabric. As it is quick to spray onto the body, I felt this article is relevant to us as this spray on fabric could be twisted in a way which makes it useful for outdoor workers- for example, making it waterproof.

 

Article by oceanrodeo.com – ‘The Soul Drysuit’ (April 2012) – http://www.iksurfmag.com/issue35/?page=147

This article talks about the new ‘Soul Drysuit’ which has been put through many different intensive tests on the different aspects of the drysuit. They have investigated their older products and made many new improvements to them and produced this new, improved product. This article is relevant to us as it is a product for offshore workers; we are not just looking at onshore workers. It is a very good piece for anyone who spends all day on the water.

 

Article by Soldier Systems- ‘US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort Still Going Strong’ (June 2012) –  http://soldiersystems.net/2012/06/30/us-army-camouflage-improvement-effort-still-going-strong/

This article talks of how the US Army is trying to improve the visual aspect of the uniform and also lower the cost of it. This article is relevant as it highlights that not only is wearability an issue for people, but also is the cost can be an issue.

 

Article by Amby Burfoot – ‘New Study Favors Forefoot Strike’ (June 2012)  – http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/06/20/new-study-favors-forefoot-strike/

This article is about the study of the injuries obtained from normal trainers, compared to the decrease in injuries when wearing minimalist shoes.  This article is relevant to us as it is a study on improving the comfort and decreasing the many injuries outdoor workers who are constantly on their feet can suffer from.

 

Article by Charles Parsons – ‘Indura Ultrasoft Flame Resistant Fabrics’ (March 2010)- http://www.smarterclothing.com.au/Page2.aspx?Category=1&Element=460

Safety is a big issue when working outdoors such as with electricity. Clothing can help to prevent burns and safety issues by improving their durability and using the right fabrics.  This article relates to us as it talks of how they are improving the fabrics used by outdoor workers by improving the comfort, durability, wash stability and most importantly- protection.

 

Literary Review on the effects the work environment has on workers.

Relationships between work environments, psychological environments and psychological well-being by R. B. Briner talks about how different factors in the workplace can affect the workers. It talks about how the physical work environment can affect the worker in different ways, some more apparent than others. Worry about safety and social interaction can affect the worker psychologically as well as stress caused by noise. It also talks about how many factors outside of work can affect the worker during the work period. The main focus of the article is in fact on how stress caused by variable factors at work can badly affect the psychological well-being of employees and therefore it would be beneficial for employers to pay attention to the factors which contribute to stress. Employers with make the workplace less stressful would benefit greatly as it would increase productivity among there staff and ergo they would have a more successful workforce which can’t help but lead to a more successful company.

It talks about several psychological models and how they are used to look at the psychological well-being of workers and how they are affected. The article uses these to back itself up, so it isn’t just one person’s opinion. Though it also suggests that these models aren’t all conclusive and that they all have limitations and therefore there is no way of understanding the relationship between work environment, the psychological environment and psychological well-being quite fully. The writer also uses a lot of references to back himself up so we can be sure that he isn’t just writing on opinion alone. And although the article is extensive, it lacks depth in all of the points it makes which makes it hard to follow and the reader lacks a full knowledge of the subject.

 

A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Light on Building Occupants by L. Edwards and P. Torcellini talks about the many benefits that companies get from installing daylight technology. The article says that having daylight in the office increases employee health by decreasing headaches, SAD and eyestrain. It also suggests that plants in the office or views of natural landscape lowers blood pressure as it helps them to relax and increases employee attentiveness. Workers take less time off work, have more job satisfaction and motivation and because of this more people want to work in the buildings with the increased daylight. Daylight increases attention and alertness which increases productivity. Companies using daylight technology save money because employees work more effectively, take fewer sicks days and stay at the company longer. The cost of installing daylight technology into the workplace or building offices with more windows is less than the company would save and make from doing this, so it is far more cost affective than leaving workplaces as they are. The article also says that a lack of windows can lead to feelings of isolation, claustrophobia and depression.

However the article also says that companies can use daylighting wrongly and that it can effect the worker badly. If the light is too bright it can cause glare and over heating. Employees need to be comfortable to work well so lighting that is either too high or low reduce comfort greatly and therefore reduce productivity.

The article uses a lot of examples of real companies to back up it’s points so it is reliable as a source. However the article repeats itself a lot and gives a lot of examples which, although they prove it’s point, the number of examples are unnecessary and just bulk it out without giving any more insight into what the article is talking about.

 

It is clear from these two articles that the environment an employee works in greatly effects the worker. Whether it is the lighting or the stress brought on by the workplace, the worker is effected in a number of ways. The first article could have gone into it’s examples more but the second maybe gave too many detailed examples which were unnecessary. The workplace can effect the worker enough to hinder or enhance the work satisfaction and therefore the productivity of the worker. If companies took in how much the work environment and daylight effects the worker and changed the workplace to improve it with these factors in mind they would have happier, more productive workers and they would make more money and be more successful. To make employees productive both articles suggest that comfort is all-important and that workers will be so much more content in their work and consequently more effective.

This is relevant to our group project because we are trying to improve the workplace so we can now take into account the comfort of the workplace and how the work environment affects the worker, whether beneficially or badly. The outdoor work environment is constantly affected by daylight with the change throughout the day as well as throughout the year. The outdoor work environment is also never constant, it changes from season to season and from year to year. Therefore these articles are relevant to us and useful to look to for research.

 

R. B. Briner. (2000). Relationships between work environments, psychological environments and psychological well-being. Available: http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/5/299.full.pdf. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

 

L. Edwards and P. Torcellini. (2002). A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Light on Building Occupants. pp9-16 Available: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/30769.pdf. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

Outdoor worker’s working environment bibliography

Weinstein; Jessey Bernstein, McGill University; Kirk Warren Brown, Virginia Commonwealth University; Louis Mastella, University of Rochester; and Marylène Gagné, Concordia University.. (2010). Spending Time in Nature Makes People Feel More Alive, Study Shows. Available: http://www.rochester.edu/news/show.php?id=3639. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

This article is about the effects that outdoor activity has on people. It suggests that as little at 20 minutes spent in a natural environment will boost energy and increase happiness. This is relevant to us because we are looking at outdoor workers so they are in a natural environment as their workplace.

Nicholas Blooma, James Liangb, John Robertsc and Zhichun Jenny Yingd. (2012). DOES WORKING FROM HOME WORK? EVIDENCE FROM A CHINESE EXPERIMENT. Available: http://www.stanford.edu/~nbloom/WFH.pdf. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

This article suggests that working from home increases work ethics. During an experiment the workforce of a company was split between working from home and in the office and the half that worked at home had a 13% higher performance than the control group and the company saved $2000 per employee. All of the employees who worked from home all said they felt more satisfied in their work. This is relevant to us as it shows that people who work outside of the office are more satisfied and work better.

L. Edwards and P. Torcellini. (2002). A Literature Review of the Effects of Natural Light on Building Occupants. pp9-16 Available: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy02osti/30769.pdf. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

This article is suggesting that daylight in the office increases productivity as well as having health benefits on the worker. It suggests that offices with more daylight have fewer absentees, it increase productivity, increases turnover and saves money. This is relevant to us as the outdoor worker’s workspace is affected by daylight even more as there won’t be as much room for artificial light.

R. B. Briner. (2000). Relationships between work environments, psychological environments and psychological well-being. Available: http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/5/299.full.pdf. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

This article talks about the affects that working environments have on the worker, whether is affects their physical health or them psychologically. It talks about how even the physical setting can affect the worker. This is relevant to us as an outdoor worker’s environment is always changing.

Prof Lawrence A Palinkas, PhDa, Prof Peter Suedfeld, PhDb. (2008). Psychologicaleffects of polar expeditions. Available: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673607610563. Last accessed 18th Oct 2012.

This article talks about how people who go on expeditions are affected greatly by the extreme weather conditions and the long periods of isolation. This is relevant to us as outdoor workers can be affected by isolation frequently and weather. 

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Garden in the city

This is an article about a railway track in New York that has been turned into a garden. This could be useful and relevant because it create an outdoor space that is like a park where people can go to escape the confines of the office. 

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fashion

I thought you textile guys might find this interesting. It’s about how the UK has shaped fashion. Some of it is about dye and colours, which I know you guys are looking at at the moment as part of textiles.